86. Move in the supernatural (1)

Last week we spoke about how Balak, the king of the Moabites, wanted Balaam, a sorcerer, to come and curse the Israelites in the hope of defeating them in battle, but God told Balaam no. He cannot curse those that God has blessed. But the lure of money was too tempting for Balaam and he decided to go to King Balak, in the hope that he can still 'twist God's arm' on the way and curse them. God was furious with Balaam and He sent the angel of the Lord to stop him from going. But on the way to Balak something strange happened. Now as it turned out, Balaam's donkey saw the angel standing in the road with his sword drawn to kill Balaam. The donkey tried to prevent it from happening and bolted off the road into the field. Balaam didn't know what was happening and was very angry at his wayward donkey. He beat his donkey to return to the road, which it subsequently did. But this incident didn't deter the angel. He went to stand further down the road where it narrowed. This time the donkey squeezed past the angel, crushing Balaam's foot in the process. Needless to say he was furious yet again. Then the angel moved even further down the road where the road was so narrow there was no escape this time. This time the donkey simply lay down and refused to move any further. Balaam was beside himself with rage at the turn of events and beat the donkey very hard this time. And then something strange happened, the Lord caused the donkey to speak:

"What have I done to you that deserves your beating me these three times?" It asked Balaam. "Because you have made me look like a fool!" Balaam shouted. "If I had a sword with me, I would kill you!" But I am the same donkey you always ride on," the donkey answered. "Have I ever done anything like this before?" "No," he admitted. Then the Lord opened Balaam's eyes, and he saw the angel of the Lord standing in the roadway with a drawn sword in his hand. Balaam fell face down on the ground before him." Numbers 22:28-31

Wow, that must have been quite something to see. A donkey that can speak, saving his master from certain death! It just shows you how God can use anyone, anywhere, even a speaking donkey.

Today I think this real life story illustrates two things to us. Number one, there are many things going on in the spiritual realm that we cannot see. The things we cannot see is just as real, even more real than the things that we do see. God is constantly at work in our lives. Either disciplining us like Balaam here, or protecting us from evil onslaughts or leading us away from the wrong paths unto the right paths. But you can be assured that God is constantly at work in your life, even if you cannot see it in the natural. I think the amount of activities going on in the supernatural would astound us if we were able to see it.

Number two, God can use anyone, literally anyone. So think before you lash out at someone like Balaam did, maybe God is in fact using them to protect and help you. Balaam's pride was hurt by the actions of his donkey and that is why he reacted so severely, but he later realized that it was so unnecessary. We can learn from it and should stop to think before we act. Maybe God wants to help you in the situation. For example someone might be driving very slowly in front of you on your way to work, but because you drove so slowly you missed the accident a few blocks down the line. Who knows. Be patient and see your life in God's hands. And know that He can use you too. Maybe next time, you are the one protecting others from getting hurt.

Father, thank you very much that You are in control. Thank you for leading and guiding us. Help us to be patient with Your leading and with those people you use. We know that You know best. Amen

2 comments for “86. Move in the supernatural (1)”

  1. Gravatar of MariMari
    Posted Friday, 09 May 2014 at 9:26:36 AM

    Amen! Ons moet ons geloof in God behou, ongeag die omstadighede & daarteen waak om negatief te spreek. Met ons tong spreek ons lewe of dood. By god is niks onmoonlik nie!!

  2. Gravatar of MienieMienie
    Posted Sunday, 11 May 2014 at 9:06:43 PM

    Geloof is dit waarin ons vas glo al kan ons dit nie sien nie. Staan dan vas en vertrou in God met jou hele hart, Hy ken die toekoms.

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